When you ask the average person to name a pet bird species the response will be parrot or parakeet. The world of pet birds is much more varied than these two lovely species. There is a bird for every personality and every size cage or perch. There is also a species for every pocketbook as well as every climate and social situation. Birds have a variety of lifespans, environment and feeding needs. The one thing most have in common is the desire to be with people; to interract with you and your friends.
There are breeders, rescue organizations and established associations to help you find the bird for you. Here are some photos and basic information along with links to entities that can help you find the bird that will fit your lifestyle. But don’t stop here. If you do not see the bird of your dreams, keep doing research. There are literally hundreds of species and sub-species of pet birds waiting for a loving home.
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From solid white to solid yellow and variations in between, lutinos look rare but are actually easy to locate. They birds love toys and like to have their cage located in an active part of the home. The National Cockatiel Society is the place to go for information on these wonderful birds.
Cockatoos are very intelligent, so they make good household companions. They enjoy interracting with people and can be very amusing. However, they do not talk. Your cockatoo will require physical contact so he can show his affection for you. And he needs to be kept busy with a variety of objects. They can live as long as 70 years.
A friendly sweet bird who is also a clown and loves to be watched. He will provide entertainment for you. Unlike many other pet birds species, he is a quiet boy and is unlikely to disturb the neighbors.
Red Mosaic Canary
This lovely boy will sing non-stop. Canaries were one of the first species of birds to be domesticated and, with a comfortable stable climate, they will live long. No longer are canaries primarily yellow. They now come in a rainbow of colors.
Spanish Timbrado Canary. One of the most beautiful singers in the world. He requires the consistent room temperature of other canaries. He comes in a variety of colors and sings best when he lives in a room that people frequent. He also needs a relatively large cage.
Susie, the little Quaker Parrot pictured here may still be in need of a home via the National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation. Quakers are only 11 to 12 inches and can live up to 30 years. Fun and affectionate, like many other parrots, they need a consistent climate but want to be in a busy room. This is another bird that requires a secure room as they have already escaped into the wild and reproduced in large numbers hurting indigenous birds and making them targets for eradication. Bird rescue groups by state.
Love birds are pretty and oh so sweet. But you need to have two of them for the birds to be happy.This is a bird that should not be allowed to fly free in the home since she is a little too curious and prone to get into trouble. The birds pictured are from a rescue organization and available at the time of this writing. For detailed information check out The African Love Bird Society.
Normal Grey Cockatiel
Another cockatiel and a bright one at that. Like all cockatiels the Normal Grey is an entertainer and loves to be the center of attention. The Cockatiel Society is the place to go for information on these lovely birds.
A medium size parrot that loves nuts, seeds & fruit, the African Grey is a bird that will sit and watch and figure you out. A long-lived bird of up to 60 years, the older she is the better she gets at immitating the call of other species as well. So expect to hear whistles, clicks, microwave beeps, phone rings, and maybe even carry on a conversation that requires she understand rudimentary words. Visit The Parrot Club for more information,
National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation
This is an acceptable cage for a single bird. Notice the open door. Birds need exercise and flying in a secure room is often the best exercise.